If you work outdoors in the blistering Las Vegas heat, you may have made a special notation on your calendar on July 28, 2016 – with a yellow highlighter, no less, to denote the sun.
This was the day the temperature reached a record-setting 115 degrees, triggering advisories and warnings from health experts. With the summer of 2016 as a backdrop of just how hot Las Vegas can be, allow the most experienced workers’ comp attorneys in Las Vegas, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, share five sensible outdoor tips for the summer of 2017 – after you heed two sensible lessons.
Acclimate to the heat first, workers’ comp attorneys in Las Vegas say
People who work outdoors are much more likely to become dehydrated and develop a heat-related illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. One of the best ways to prevent this is for you to acclimate yourself to the heat, or build up to the outdoors gradually. This applies even if you are returning to the outdoors after an absence of more than one week. The CDC recommends:
- Begin with a 20 percent exposure, increasing it daily by no more than 20 percent each day thereafter. Theoretically, this means after a five-day work week, you should be fully acclimated to the outdoor heat, but it could take up to 14 days if you follow a slower buildup.
- Experienced outdoor workers can follow a more liberal exposure plan, beginning with a 50 percent exposure the first day, 60 percent the second day, 80 percent the third day and full exposure on the fourth day.
Learn about heat-related illnesses, workers’ comp attorneys in Las Vegas say
No one should work outdoors in extreme heat without being able to recognize and respond to the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, the CDC says:
- Signs of heat exhaustion include cold, pale and clammy skin; fainting; a fast or weak pulse; heavy sweating; nausea or vomiting; or weakness.
- Respond to heat exhaustion by applying a cool, wet cloth to as much of your body as possible; lying down; loosening your clothing; moving to a cooler location; sipping water; and seeking medical treatment if you’re vomiting repeatedly.
- Signs of heat stroke include: a body temperature above 103 degrees; hot or red skin; a rapid pulse; or unconsciousness.
- Respond to heat stroke by calling 911 immediately and not drinking fluids until help arrives.
Follow 5 sensible tips, from workers’ comp attorneys in Las Vegas
- Start drinking water (or an electrolyte drink) a few hours before your shift so you are hydrated right from the start.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Cotton is best because it “breathes” and doesn’t trap perspiration.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water on the job. By this point, you may be dehydrated. Drink cool (but not ice cold) water every 15 to 20 minutes.
- Take breaks in the shade, even on cloudy or partly cloudy days.
- Eat fruits and vegetables that teem with water to replace fluids you’re losing to perspiration. Fruit loaded with water includes apricots, cantaloupe, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon. Water-laden vegetables include cucumbers, radishes and zucchini.
If worst comes to worst and you need the help of the most skilled workers’ comp attorneys in Las Vegas, don’t hesitate to give Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez a call at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.